Model, author, restaurateur and television host B. Smith has died at the age of 70 at her Long Island home, a family friend confirmed to Eyewitness News.
Barbara Smith died Saturday night of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, according to her family.
Smith made history as the first African American model to be featured on the cover of “Mademoiselle” magazine in the 1970s.
She wrote three home and entertainment books: “B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends,” “B. Smith: Rituals and Celebration” and “B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style.”
Her family says she ran three B. Smith restaurants – in NYC, Sag Harbor and in Washington, D.C. – until she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 64 in 2013.
She and her husband Dan Gasby worked to raise awareness for the disease and its effects on the African American community.
Gasby appeared on “The View” earlier this month to talk about Smith’s battle with Alzheimer’s and defended his choice to start dating.